Money, money, money. Yet another rumor emerges that Michael Bloomberg is keen to buy the New York Times, this time for a smooth $5 billion, McSweeneyâ€™s asks its fans for $150,000 on Kickstarter, and Vice Media looks set to pull in $1 billion in revenue this year.
Meanwhile, the venerable Onion has its own grand designs. Quoting Farhad Manjooâ€™s observation a couple of years ago that â€śnow, more than ever, the Onion is in the same boat with the rest of the mediaâ€ť in terms of online pressures, the Atlantic notes that while thatâ€™s still true, theyâ€™re also â€śseveral steps closer to buying a yacht.â€ť
At The Intercept, a new investigation by Ryan Devereaux of what happened to the 43 in Mexico, accompanied by Keith Dannemillerâ€™s photo essay from Omeapa, where three of the missing students came from.
Till the end of May, middle- and high-school students can enter a food-themed essay contest as part of Chipotleâ€™s Cultivating Thought project. Winners get $20,000 toward their college fund, and to see their musings on the same fast-food wrappers that have borne the words of Jonathan Safran Foer (whoâ€™s helping judge the prize alongside Like Water for Chocolate author Laura Esquivel), Toni Morrison, and George Saunders.
While beginning-middle-end still seems like a winning formula for stories, Aeon has a piece reminding us what a historically specific one it is, and how the â€śsprawling, untidy, infinite… multi-directionalâ€ť narratives of serials, immersive theater, and above all, gossip, are the kind weâ€™ve all loved for much, much longer.